I have had a serious problem since leaving edgy for feisty fawn. Every time I restart the computer, I have to reinstall the nvidia driver for it to work properly (using NVIDIA GeForce4 420 Go w/ driver 9639 on VAIO PCG-GRT100). Here's the detailed description:
-Once I install the driver, and restart X, everything is fine, and I get desktop effects working, too.
-After one reinstall (since the time X was working), I get the nvidia splash screen and the graphical login prompt, but after I log in, the gnome splash screen won't go away for about a minute (unless I click on it), and some items on the panel on the top right side won't show for about a minute, either. Desktop effects is completely gone, eventhough System > preferences > desktop effects would tell you otherwise. If I "disable" desktop effects and try to re-enable it, I get an error saying it can't be done. When I go to System > Admin > Restricted Drivers Manager I get a message saying I need to install the restricted kernel modules, eventhough I had them installed before the last reboot. Finally,
returns a segmentation fault.
-If I reboot a second time, I get three splashed of the nvidia logo, before X completely crashes and burns and I find myself at the command prompt, reinstalling the driver and the whole story repeats itself.
I have had this problem for a long time now, and I have searched all over the place and tried all sorts of solutions that seem to have worked for others with similar problems, but they have made no difference at all for me. For example, I removed my old kernel images, and in my /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common I have the line:
DISABLED_MODULES = "nv"
One thing I noticed was that most people with a similar problem had to reinstall the driver after just one reboot.
The only thing I think might work and have yet to try is from this post: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=282872
but the instructions are for FC3 not Feisty Fawn and I don't have the /etc/udev/devices directory.
I am begging you, if you know anything that might help resolve this issue, please tell me. This is a laptop I'm talking about so having to reinstall a driver every second reboot is quite an annoyance.
Thanks in advance for your help.